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SER CEO wins IMPACT award

Posted October 26

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Success Stories

Velma Jones

After the death of her son, Velma Jones turned to SER to reinvent herself and heal. While participating in paid on-the-job training, Velma donated her paycheck back to SER. -----

Cristobal Barboza

"I'm originally from Monterrey, in Nuevo León, Mexico. I moved here with my parents when I was six years old. I am now 23.  


When Yocelin became a mother at the age of 16, her world changed completely.

Lamira Baker

Lamira Baker, a 44-year old native Houstonian and mother of three, grew up between Third Ward and Missouri City before spending 15 years serving in the military.

Julia Salazar

“I'm from Houston - I grew up in Denver Harbor. I'm 38. My daughter is 6, and I'm a single mom.  

Marina & Jose Cepeda

Julia Hernández

"I want to keep working, and I want to keep growing professionally."

Sidney Newell Jr.

Sidney Newell Jr. is a US Army veteran who took advantage of SER training opportunities back in 1989.

Noemi Arzola

"I feel a lot of relief with my finance issues. I've been working on my credit because I really want to get my first home.

Mohammed Dawood

Mohammed is an immigrant from Iraq who came to the United States with a simple goal: finding a job in the financial industry.   

Linda Upson

  “SER helped me build my confidence, which allows me to encourage others.”   

Vanessa Richards

Vanessa Richards is a single mother of four children and a US Army veteran.

Nicholas Lopez

“I think working at a non-profit really humbles you. And lets you appreciate what you have in life and lets you set your goals.

Daisy Benavides

"I thought ‘I'm staying home alone, what am I doing here?

Willie James

“I didn’t know how to start again. Now I am more confident with myself and life.”   ___________________________  

Osasu Oviawe

"Before SER, I had gotten an interview with a bank. But I didn't get hired because they said they chose a more qualified candidate.

Fabian Toledo

 “I feel very grateful for this wonderful organization. The hard working and dedicated [staff] understood my needs and had a plan for success for me. They were always happy to help.

Adrianna Sanchez

"This experience has done so much to me. First, it built up my resumé, which is something colleges look into. It showed me how to communicate.

Melissa Precella

"I always wanted to be a teller in the banking industry... So I took this BankWork$ class, and almost immediately had two job offers.

Joseph Lee

“My name is Joseph Lee. I served two years in the Marines. A year in California, and a year in Hawaii.   

Tiffany Pauquette

I grew up in Houston. I joined the military at 18 because I wanted to serve my country. I’ve been gone for 12 years.   

Risheem Eli Muhammad

“I'm 40 years old. Born and raised in Houston. I attended a high school for the engineering profession, which is Booker T. Washington High School in north Houston.

Terrance Henderson

Like many youth from Houston’s troubled Sunnyside neighborhood, 44 year-old Terrance Henderson was surrounded by negative influences growing up.

Raymond Green

"From early childhood I was raised up in the street. I lived by what we would call street justice. You know, you and nobody else. Basically, that's how I lived my life.

Tyree Newton

“I'm 34 years old. I grew up in Bryan, College Station. I played sports my whole life: my freshman year of high school I played soccer, baseball, football, and tennis for my high school.

Amanda Zuniga

Amanda Zuniga, then a 21 year-old mother of one, knew she wanted to work with her hands, but lacked any practical knowledge or skills to get hired.   

Bruce Houser

After 28 years in prison, Bruce Houser found a second chance in SER’s Serving for Success program (operated in partnership with the Houston Food Bank).  

Robert Yanez

Robert Yanez, now 20, seized the opportunity to stand out among his peers by making his summer job about more than just a few paychecks.  

Joe Gonzalez

At SER, 60-year old Joe Gonzalez gained the skills he needed to re-enter the workforce and rediscovered his self-confidence.

Peter Igberaese

“My name is Peter Igberaese. I come from Edo state, in the Western region of Nigeria. I'm 66.”  

Diana Velasquez

A 22 year-old single mother, Diana Velasquez suddenly found herself not only unemployed, but deprived of a crucial asset pretty much everyone needs when trying to find a job. 

Steven Stovall

"My name is Steven Stovall. I went through the SER Serving for Success program and I work for the Houston Food Bank.
Sarahí Zavala with TWA Program Coordinator Imicuk Loyuk

Sarahí Zavala

By the end of her junior year in High School, Sarahí Zavala had never been employed. She didn’t even enjoy talking to people.